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Attitudes toward physical activity among people with rheumatoid arthritis
Rehabcentrum, Skellefteå hospital, Skellefteå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8184-6360
Physiotherapy Unit, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Division of Physiotherapy, Neurotec Department, Huddinge, Sweden.
2003 (English)In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ISSN 0959-3985, E-ISSN 1532-5040, Vol. 9, no 1, 10- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Physical activity confers health benefits in the general population, and this also seems to apply to people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Less explicit barriers than pain need to be explored and overcome to initiate and successfully maintain physical activity in individuals with RA. The present aim was to describe variations in attitudes to physical activity in a group of people with RA. Sixteen people with RA were chosen to represent various ages, genders, disease duration, functioning, and health habits. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were carried out, transcribed, qualitatively analysed, and categorised on the basis of similarities and differences. The analysis indicated that attitudes toward physical activity could not be understood without inclusion of attitudes toward the disease and sometimes to life in general. Two dimensions of attitude, motivation and satisfaction, were identified. Four categories were revealed: motivated and satisfied, unmotivated and satisfied, motivated and dissatisfied, and unmotivated and dissatisfied, each representing different attitudes to physical activity. Our findings stress the importance of developing different educational interventions that address attitudes to physical activity in order to implement a healthy life style in individuals with RA.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-48506DOI: 10.1080/09593980307967OAI: diva2:450362
Available from: 2011-10-20 Created: 2011-10-20 Last updated: 2015-04-29Bibliographically approved

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